Tea Party Driver

  • VO93013


Description

Our Tea Party Drivers are a vital part of the Re-engage team.

Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Drivers take older people to the parties and stay with them to enjoy the get-together. Over time, drivers and older guests get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories.

As a Tea Party Driver, you liaise with your group coordinator and take older guests to and from the tea parties each month. Staying at the tea party is part of your role, so it’s much more than being a driver.

You will need to have a full, clean, driving license, and a PVG. You will also need to check that you are covered by your regular motor insurance policy to do this role.

Tasks include:

  • Driving 1 or 2 older guests using your own car to a tea party venue and returning them home again after the event.
  • Staying at the tea party to help with conversation and serve refreshments.
  • Liaising with the group coordinator to confirm which older guests you will pick up.
  • Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have.
  • Following all guidance in your driver training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate,?and in line with our charitable aims.
  • Completing a driver declaration before your first tea party and on an annual basis. The declaration is to confirm you will adhere to Re-engage's policies and procedures and that you have completed the relevant training provided for your role.

Organisation aims and objectives

We exist to provide social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing. In 2020, 8,500 older guests were part of over 900 regular social gatherings across the UK, supported by 14,000 volunteers. However, in response to the COVID-19 crisis we suspended these social gatherings and created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions. As well as making sure that all those already receiving our support get a regular phone call throughout the lockdown, we are offering a call companion to anyone else of this generation who lives alone or in sheltered housing and feels lonely or isolated. We plan to make call companions a permanent addition to our work and will continue to run this new service alongside our social gatherings when things get back to normal.

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Tea parties take place a couple of times per year, usually on a Sunday afternoon.

Restrictions

Experience required: We are looking for volunteer drivers with the following skills and attributes: - Organised - Good conversational?skills - Considerate driving ability - Ability to navigate to new addresses - A friendly, and empathetic approach - Patience and understanding of supporting older people - Basic computer literacy (including the ability to use emails)
Travel details: Picking up an older person from their home and transporting them to a tea party, and then home again.
Minimum age: 18

Last updated 4 months ago